NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Karel Rachunek had a goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, at Prudential Center.
Dainius Zubrus and Brian Gionta each scored for the Devils, who snapped a two- game slide. Martin Brodeur only needed to make 13 saves for the win.
Rod Pelley scored his first career goal in the game for New Jersey, which has won nine straight times when the team hosts Philadelphia.
Mike Knuble scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who finished a season-high eight-game road trip with a 3-5 record. Martin Biron started in net, but was chased early in the second period after giving up four goals on 15 shots. Antero Niittymaki finished the game between the pipes and stopped all 24 shots he faced.
"It just felt like one of those extra games at the end of a long road trip," said Philly's Danny Briere. "The energy was low. We battled hard last night, left it all on the ice last night and there was a couple of bodies going down, they were missed also."
Philadelphia took the initial lead on the power play as Mike Richards' slap shot from the right point deflected off of Knuble in front and went past Brodeur with 7:40 left in the first.
However, the Devils scored a pair of goals separated by just 18 seconds to take the lead.
Rachunek's slap shot from the right point was blocked by R.J. Umberger, but the disc trickled behind the forward and Gionta swooped onto the puck and blasted it past Biron with 5:32 left in the first.
Moments later, the Devils sent several shots on net that Biron saved, but the defense was unable to clear the rebound and Zubrus swept it into the net from the low right side for a 2-1 lead.
"Honestly, the first goal was just the right place at the right time," said Zubrus. "I got a good bounce and it was right there, it wasn't the toughest goal I ever scored, it was just right place at the right time."
With just 30 seconds left in the first, New Jersey made it a 3-1 contest as Rachunek's wrist shot from the slot tipped off the glove of Biron and made it into the net.
New Jersey upped its lead and chased Biron from the net just 2:48 into the second as Pelley sent a backhander at a bad angle near the right boards that went between the skates for a 4-1 lead.
Philadelphia left winger Simon Gagne sat out the contest with dizziness. He was involved in a collision with Pittsburgh's Gary Roberts during the third period of Wednesday's contest, which was his first game back after sitting out the previous four games with dizziness. Also missing the game for the Flyers was forward Sami Kapanen, who is day-to-day with a mild knee sprain...The Flyers next play on Saturday when they will host the Penguins...New Jersey plays in New York against the Islanders on Saturday...The Devils have won 11 of the last 13 games against Philadelphia...The Flyers went 1-for-7 on the power play while New Jersey failed on all six of its chances.
11/08 23:45:51 ET